Poetry used to intimidate me. How was I qualified to decide what was “good”? I took a poetry course this spring, which taught me techniques poets use. Here’s a definition the instructor provided:
The considered, deliberate use of
even their arrangement on the
to create intellectual and
in the reader/listener.
He said a good poem should need to be read more than once to cull meaning, but one should get something from the initial reading. Poets should strike a balance between packing a lot of meaning versus being too vague.
The course introduced me to many styles of and much wonderful poetry. I’ve become more comfortable reading, appreciating, and even writing poems.
The internet and self-publishing have made it easier for poets to get their work out there (as poetry is a hard sell to traditional publishers). Today I have musician, author, cool gal, and poet—
My poetry will not baffle you with phrasing that scholars award for academic genius and that can only be understood by those who wrote it. My poetry is for the everyday reader. In fact, it is even for those who don’t like to read poetry at all. Because it is real, stark and simple.
The poems in Fabric are no different. They explore specific moments in different people’s lives that are significant to whom they have become, the choices they’ve made. It’s about how they perceive the world around them, and how each and every one of their thoughts and actions contributes to the fabric of society. Perhaps you will even learn something new about yourself.
Are you still here? I hope so!
Please support the life of poetry today by spreading the news about Fabric. Hey, perhaps you might even like to purchase a copy for yourself? The e-book is only $1.99 and the paperback $5.50.
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Let's keep poetry alive!
If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. And not because she currently lives in Greece, either. The Australian-native author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist has her roots firmly planted in music, and admits inspiration often stems from lyrics she’s written.
She is the Co-Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and co-hosts the Homeric Writers' Retreat & Workshop on the Greek Isle of Ithaca, with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.
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